Tan Kim Seng: A Biography


by Tan, Vivienne

Tan Kim Seng: A Biography

Price:  US$20.19   (SGD28.04*)
Format:  Hard Cover, 148 pages
Published:  2019, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814189965
SB#:  062465 (110)

About This Book

It is remarkable that no biography of Tan Kim Seng has been published until now considering that his imprint on 19th century Singapore is so significant. Tan Kim Seng was not the typical refugee from South China. His family had already been in the Nanyang for three generations when he arrived in Singapore in the 1820s. With business ecumen and gaining trust with British merchants, he built an empire with warehouses, mansions and the largest single piece of property which stretched from the coast of Pasir Panjang to Ulu Pandan to Tanglin. The details of his will, designed to repel "the curse of the third generation", is founded on his values and beliefs. But what he did not anticipate was how his well-thought-out plans would be unravelled primarily by English Law.


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